The mindless way in which Americans simply assume that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon is just appalling. I have found it most repulsive in that my school, the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, reflects in its classes the absolute certainty of this “fact,” despite the reality that the evidence points to multiple possible conclusions, and an unyielding Iranian pursuit of a nuke is far from the most likely. I explore this mindless, zealous almost religious belief that permeates government, the media and, sadly, academia this week in Souciant.
Posts Tagged ‘United Nations’
Posted in Iran, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Hassan Rouhani, Hezbollah, IAEA, Iran, Israel, Nazi Germany, Non-Proliferation Treaty, Security Council, United Nations, United States, University of Maryland on October 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Iran, Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, Michael Corleone, Middle east, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Occupied Territories, Oslo Accords, Palestine, The Godfather, United Nations, United States, West Bank, Yasir Arafat on September 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The various UN General Assembly speeches this week, along with some other recent developments in Israel, Iran and the Occupied Palestinian Territories indicate some shifts in the US approach to the Middle East. Among other things, these events have certainly shown that the “pivot to Asia” has moved far to the back burner. I explore where things are going with regard to Iran, Israel-Palestine and the United States in this week’s column at Souciant.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged AIPAC, AUMF, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Chemi Shalev, Congress, House, Iran, J Street, Lavrov Proposal, Netanyahu, Obama, Ron Kampeas, Russia, Senate, Syria, Syrian civil war, Syrian Intervention, Syrian opposition, United Nations, United States on September 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The Syria debate in the United States brought a lot of surprises, not the least of which was the behavior of various sectors of the “pro-Israel” Lobby. Despite the Russians coming along and at least temporarily bailing Obama out of the hole he dug for himself, AIPAC in particular took hit. The damage that caused should not be overstated, but it was real. I explore this at LobeLog.
Posted in Syria, tagged ARab League, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Caucasus, Central America, chemical weapons, European Union, France, Gulf of Tonkin, Iran, Israel, John Kerry, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Reagan Administration, Russia, Syria, United Nations, Vietnam on September 6, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Both opposition to and support of Barack Obama’s proposal to bomb Syria have been focusing on a chemical weapons attack that killed some 1400 people while pushing to the background a civil war that has killed 100,000. The spiraling situation in Syria and the growing callousness of the discourse around it, in the West and elsewhere is long on what should not be done but tragically bereft of what should be done. I try to change that in my piece this week in Souciant.